Your Generosity Is Making Long-Term Recovery Possible.
By Chase Williams - Project Officer
Photo courtesy of Attack Poverty
Last month marked the third anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented devastation across the greater Houston area and southeast Texas. For many communities, the lasting impacts from this storm are still a daily reality. Amid so many current challenges, GlobalGiving remains committed to serving our community-led nonprofit partners in Houston that continue to drive long-term recovery.
Here are recent updates from three of our partners who are delivering on long-term recovery because of your generosity:
West Street Recovery continues to expand and grow the capacity of the Northeast Action Collective (NAC). The NAC is a community-based group of Harvey survivors that meets monthly to organize strategies to improve their communities. Over the last year, West Street Recovery has invested heavily in building the skills of community members that are a part of the NAC. Through this work, the voices and needs of local community members have been elevated and amplified to ensure they are at the center of any conversation about long-term recovery. Members of the NAC have been featured in national and local media, including the AP, the Center for Public Integrity, the Texas Tribune, and the Houston Chronicle.
Attack Poverty is doubling down on the counseling services to low-income communities provided by its Community Social Worker. The organization created this position to address the massive spike in mental health issues and ongoing trauma caused by Hurricane Harvey — which has now been made even more pressing because of COVID-19. The counseling services are free to community members in the greater Houston area. The organization’s holistic approach to counseling includes referring households to targeted community resources, crisis support, and trauma-informed supportive services. From September 2019 to June of this year, Attack Poverty provided personalized counseling to 30 Hurricane Harvey survivors. The organization is now expecting to expand this work substantially through the end of 2021.
Coalition for Environment, Equity, and Resilience (CEER) Houston is integrating community voices into the post-disaster decision-making process to promote equity and resilience. Over the last year, CEER Houston has invested directly in hyperlocal, grassroots groups to build the capacity of these organizations. Through this investment, these local groups are much better positioned to serve the communities in which they live. For example, the organization recently was able to provide $4,000 to residents in the Kings Colony neighborhood to ultimately organize and amplify their voices through an op-ed addressed to the Montgomery County Commissioner.
All of this vital work has been made possible by your donation. Thank you for joining with more than 30,000 people to fuel critical relief and long-term recovery efforts in response to the long-lasting impacts of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. We will be back in your inbox in the months ahead to keep you updated on our partners’ progress and your role in building stronger communities.
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